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Submit your 2017 Empty Homes Tax declaration

You must submit your 2017 property status declaration by the extended deadline of March 5, 2018.

Every owner of residential property in Vancouver is required to submit a property status declaration each year to determine if their property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax.

Failure to declare by the extended deadline of March 5, 2018, will result in your property being deemed vacant and subject to a tax of 1% of its assessed taxable value and a $250 penalty.

This declaration is for the year:

  • Beginning: January 1, 2017
  • Ending: December 31, 2017

The information you provide on your declaration will determine if your property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax for this period.

Missed the deadline? 

As 2017 was the first year the tax was in effect, we have granted an extra month for you to complete your declaration.

If you do not declare by March 5, 2018, your property will be deemed vacant and subject to the tax and a $250 penalty.

Before you begin your declaration

Your declaration should take approximately five minutes to complete.

You may give permission for someone to submit your declaration on your behalf. 

What you will need:

 Ensure you fulfill the requirements of your property status at the time you declare.

Submit declaration

Additional information that may be required when submitting declaration

Please review and have all required information with you when you start your declaration.

Depending on your property status, you may be required to submit additional information.

Need assistance with your online declaration?

Learn more about the Empty Homes Tax

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(Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000)

Get assistance when making your online property status declaration

City staff will be available to assist you at City Hall during opening hours.

Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
​Monday to Friday (except holidays)
8:30 am – 5pm

 Line-ups may be long.

Staff at Vancouver Public Library locations  will also be available to assist you with technical and information support.

You will need a library card to access the computers at the library. If you don't have one, you can use a temporary internet card instead, which you can get by presenting your ID to the service desk at your local library. 

Audit process

Property status declarations will be subject to an audit process, in line with best practices for provincial and federal tax programs. If your property is selected for an audit, you will be asked to provide evidence in support of your declaration.

False declarations will result in fines of up to $10,000 per day of the continuing offense, in addition to payment of the tax.